[Ocees] Field Biologists: Lyme Disease on Rapid Rise

Williams, Kelly williak5 at ohio.edu
Sat Mar 11 09:08:25 EST 2017

Hi all,

We do have to be vigilant in Ohio. I know of several cases in Ross County over the past several years. The Ohio Department of health link below shows cases reported in OH from 1986 to 2016. I don't think all Physician offices report to ODH especially when they treat due to symptoms (e.g., bullseye) versus a positive test result. I emphasize twice daily tick checks to everyone I work with and we keep a tick jar in our lab to encourage everyone to check after a field day.

Kelly Williams

On Mar 10, 2017, at 10:44 AM, McCarthy, Brian <mccarthy at ohio.edu<mailto:mccarthy at ohio.edu>> wrote:

Field biologists:

Thought I would share this update with everyone. The prevalence of Lyme-infested ticks is on a rapid rise in the northeast US. Working in NJ, I got Lyme disease right off the bat in the late 1980s. This does not appear to be an immediate threat for those working in Ohio, but Lyme-infested ticks are lined up all along the eastern side of the Ohio River. I expect a strong influx in next few years.

Best wishes,

Link to article: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/06/518065660/if-you-get-bit-by-a-lyme-infested-tick-here-are-5-tips utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170307&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare<http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/06/518065660/if-you-get-bit-by-a-lyme-infested-tick-here-are-5-tips?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170307&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare>

Brian C. McCarthy, Ph.D.
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College of Arts & Sciences
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